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Most Americans live paycheck to paycheck

Posted 08/24/2017 5:53 pm by

  • Nearly 10 percent of those making $100,000 or more say they can’t make ends meet.
  • Overall, most workers said they are in debt and many believe they always will be.

 

Why a six-figure income is not enough for many in the U.S. from CNBC.

 

No matter how much you earn, getting by is still a struggle for most people these days.

 

Seventy-eight percent of full-time workers said they live paycheck to paycheck, up from 75 percent last year, according to a recent report from CareerBuilder.

 

Overall, 71 percent of all U.S. workers said they’re now in debt, up from 68 percent a year ago, CareerBuilder said.

While 46 percent said their debt is manageable, 56 percent said they were in over their heads. About 56 percent also save $100 or less each month, according to CareerBuilder. The job-hunting site polled over 2,000 hiring and human resource managers and more than 3,000 full-time employees between May and June.

 

Most financial experts recommend stashing at least a six-month cushion in an emergency fund to cover anything from a dental bill to a car repair — and more if you are the sole breadwinner in your family or in business for yourself.

 

While household income has grown over the past decade, it has failed to keep up with the increased cost-of-living over the same period.

 

Even those making over six figures said they struggle to make ends meet, the report said. Nearly 1 in 10 of those making $100,000 or more said they usually or always live paycheck to paycheck, and 59 percent of those in that salary range said they were in the red.

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